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Michigan Canadian Group Resettles LGBT Refugees from Chechnya

Kimahli Powell hopes that with international eyes on the crisis of LGBT people fleeing Chechnya, a light can be shed on the plight of LGBT refugees around the world. READ MORE.

U.S. Diplomat Speaks at Costa Rica Same-Sex Marriage Conference

An official with the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica on Thursday stressed the U.S. continues to support the rights of LGBT and intersex people around the world. READ MORE.

International U.S. Blocks Removal of Discrimination Reference from UN Olympics Resolution

The U.N. General Assembly on Nov. 13 is expected to adopt an "Olympic Truce Resolution" that calls for peace around the world during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The resolution also calls for global peace during the week before and after the Olympics, which will take place from Feb. 9-25.Egypt and Russia sought to remove a reference to Principle 6 -- the Olympic Charter's nondiscrimination clause -- from the resolution because it specifically includes sexual orientation along with religion, gender and other factors. READ MORE.

Michigan Senate Unanimously Approves Chechnya Resolution

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution that condemns the ongoing crackdown against LGBT people in Chechnya. READ MORE.

International Report: Panama Supreme Court Judge Rules Against Same-Sex Marriage

A judge on the Panama Supreme Court has reportedly issued a draft ruling on whether to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.La Estrella, a Panamanian newspaper, on Oct. 20 reported Justice Luis Ramon Fabrega has concluded the two portions of the country's family code that prevent gays and lesbians from marrying in the Central American country are not unconstitutional. La Estrella also reported the draft ruling "leaves the door open for members of the National Assembly" to "legislate on civil unions between people of the same sex." READ MORE.

Michigan HRC to Partner with Four Overseas LGBT Groups

The Human Rights Campaign on Monday announced it will partner with four LGBT advocacy groups around the world. READ MORE.

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